Richey May adds Kevin Berman to lead new GRC solutions offering

24 November 2020 Consulting.us
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Richey May, a national accounting and consulting firm focusing on financial services and regulated industries, has added Kevin Berman as leader of its new governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) offering. He remains based in Los Angeles.

As businesses become more digital, companies are being forced to enhance their IT risk management operations. By 2025, 50% of global mid-market and large enterprises will use risk management solutions to aggregate digital risks in their business’ ecosystem, up from 10% in 2018, according to a recent Gartner study. Meanwhile, risk solutions will have to expand to cover cloud, internet of things, and social media environments.

In order to help clients meet these growing imperatives, Richey May is launching a new GRC offering. It will be led by new partner Kevin Berman, who joins from Templar Shield, a boutique risk and compliance technology consultancy based in San Diego.

Templar Shield will also strategically partner with Richey May to support clients in the GRC practice. According to Berman, the partnership will “help organizations define, implement, and support their governance, risk and compliance (GRC) processes, content, and technical capabilities to create better informed decision makers and enable us to deliver a 'forward risk' view for our clients.

“Our solutions leverage leading integrated risk platforms, third-party risk platforms, business resiliency, and cloud offerings to create best-in-breed results," he added.

Kevin Berman, Partner, Risk Advisory Services, Richey May

Berman brings more than a decade of digital GRC experience to Richey May. He previously spent two years as national managing partner at Templar Shield, and two years as a partner at Edgile, a cybersecurity and GRC services firm.

Before that he spent six years PwC, where he was the GRC enablement leader for the West Region. He started his consulting career at KPMG, where he was an associate in the information risk management advisory service line. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from The University of Kansas.

“Our clients will now have access to services that address a holistic approach to risk defense," said Jason Yetter, managing partner at Richey May.

Nicholas Friedman, managing partner of Templar Shield, added, “As we continue to work with best-in-class channel partners including RSA Archer, IBM, Navex, One Trust and ServiceNow, we will be able to provide clients with world-class risk management ecosystems to create fit-for-purpose Integrated Risk Management programs that are operational, sustainable and provide value across organizational stakeholders and customers.”

Based in Englewood, Colorado, Richey May delivers assurance, tax, and business advisory services to clients across the country, with a specialization in supporting the mortgage banking, alternative investment, and commercial real estate industries. The firm has more than 180 employees across four offices in the US and one office in the Cayman Islands.